Follow Me Back by Nicci Cloke

Follow Me Back- review from Michelle McRae on Vimeo.

When Lizzie Summersall disappears former friend Aiden decides to find out why. ‘Follow Me Back’ is a YA thriller with just¬†enough¬†twists and turns to keep it interesting. Although the plot keeps the pages turning, the underlying discussion about identity and how we present versions of ourselves, both online and in person, is what gives this book its resonance.

Age Recommendation: 12+

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13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough

13 Minutes- review from Michelle McRae on Vimeo.

’13 Minutes’ is ‘Gone Girl’ for YAs. It’s a dark psychological thriller with mean girls and teenagers who don’t know who they are and some who know too clearly who they are. Natasha is pulled from an icy river and revived after having no heartbeat for 13 minutes. She can’t remember how she ended up in the river. 13 minutes is the story of what happened to her and the repercussions of that action. It’s a page turner with one hundred too many pages.

Age recommendation: 14+

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Summer Skin by Kirsty Eagar

Whilst Summer Skin presents itself as a classic romance underneath there runs a very real exploration of sex and sexuality. Through the main character of Jess, Kirsty Eagar lends the story a feminist voice counterpointing the decades of swooning ladies and conquering heroes we have been privy to in other romance novels. Summer Skin is the story of the relationship between Jess and Mitch, uni students, whose relationship evolves slowly as they discover what sex, love and intimacy means to them.

Age recommendation: 15+

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Summer Skin- review from Michelle McRae on Vimeo.